By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
We moved from what I have called The Texas Tundra to what I thought was something of a Banana Belt.
Rolling blackouts? Never experienced ’em in the Panhandle in our 23 years living there. I am sure some folks have experienced the joy of going without power for, oh, an hour or two to save energy.
However, the blackout from which we have just emerged wasn’t the “rolling” kind. It turns out that the power grid that serves the state of Texas isn’t equipped to handle zero-degree temperatures with extended regions of the vast state enduring wind chills in the neighborhood of minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
We don’t have water just yet. The power went out at the Princeton water treatment plant, too. I have been advised by a neighbor in the know that the water will be flowing “in a few hours.”
I realize this might be a once-in-a-lifetime event for a lot of us. The wind chill factors have been punishing to say the least.
Our power went out late Sunday. It came back on for a time in wee hours Monday, then we went dark again. We awoke Monday to no electricity, but we had water. The temperature was about 15 degrees and heading south in a hurry.
We turned in early Monday night because the house was dark, we couldn’t read. So we figured, “What the hey?” We woke up this morning still with no lights.
Oh, and the temperature registered zero … degrees.
The water went out during the night. We got up once or twice, turned on the faucets to let it drip. It did for a time. Then it stopped.
We hope we have powered through this crisis. It’s still early. The power came on and we did what we were advised to do: We unplugged all the unnecessary appliances, such as the toaster, blender, can opener, digital clock, the reclining living room couch.
Pray for us the rest of the way, will ya?
Meanwhile, I need to do a little research to determine whether our city fathers and mothers did all they could do to prepare for this event.